Salesian School

Enlightening minds, uplifting hearts

Being Salesian


Staff and students alike live by four central Salesian principles, summed up in the word RUAH, which is Hebrew for Breath of God, or Spirit. They are:

  • Respect - for oneself, and others, and every opportunity
  • Understanding - a commitment to learning and working well with others
  • Affection - care and love for each other, always
  • Happiness and Humour - Don Bosco loved to make people laugh

St John Bosco

Don Bosco (above right) was a priest in 19th century Turin who, inspired by the work of St Francis de Sales, founded the Salesians to care for the young; today there are hundreds of Salesian orphanages, care homes and schools around the world. Don Bosco famously said "It is not enough for children to be loved; they must know that they are loved." At Salesian School in Chertsey, we strive to live up to his ideal every day.

Building Community

The success of Salesian is built on the foundations of a strong and happy school community. It is the responsibility of every student, parent and member of staff to sustain this through the positive relationships we work so hard to achieve here at the school. We have exceedingly high expectations and are very strict about ensuring that everyone meets them.

Central to our philosophy is a commitment to focus on the positive but needless to say there are occasions where individuals fall short of these standards and where this is the case we are relentless in ensuring that the situation is dealt with quickly and effectively. Whilst we make every effort to ensure that "no one gets away with anything" we are also committed to reconciliation and ensuring that we always move on after learning from our mistakes.


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